Report by Tamara Weatherhead: The third Harrogate League race was hosted by Swaledale; a well organised race followed by a well stocked mega buffet! Thanks Swaledale. It’s a very long way up the A1/A684 or whichever route you took, so it was encouraging to still see a few Black and Whites out there. Full results are eagerly awaited as this was also the June club handicap but on the night we didn’t do all badly: Ian Fisher made a surprise appearance, returning as he is from injury, but still managed a good fight at the front and came in 33.23 mins, 2nd to Mike Burrett, Harrogate Harriers who won in 33.06. Scott Harrington came in 4th, 34.11, impressive after his recent Edinburgh marathon. Then came: Simon Anderson, 19th in 37.39; Richard Smith, 22nd in 37.43; Steve Robinson, 64th in 41.14; me, 105th in 44.07; John Dade, 107th in 44.12; Andy Webster, 111th in 44.40; Michael Pickard, 128th in 45.35; Matt Podd, 144th in 46.45; Paul Clifford, 156th in 47.37; Ian Broadbent, 158th in 47.55; John Cowan, 164th in 48.29; Dominic Egan, 168th in 48.51; Nicola Lee, 173rd in 49.11;Richard Hamer, 192nd in 50.41; Mick Jeffrey, 194th in 50.52; Sara Richard, 213th in 53.17; Ann Yeadon, 219th in 53.37; Charlotte Tomlinson, 225th in 53.52; Tom Hannah, 227th in 54.00; Laura Hind, 228th in 54.04; Joanna Hobson, 240th in 56.04; Sean O’Halloran, 257th in 59.18; Toni Midgley 262nd in 60.13. Shout at me if I have forgotten you … Gone and joined Thirsk but not forgotten were Liz and Chris Wordsworth.
It’s basically a road 10k, apart from the stretch of track generously sprinkled with ever larger muddy puddles, one of which I managed to sprain my right ankle in after just 2 miles. I now have a matching pair of dodgy ankles, yay! I dropped back and received some encouraging presidential words of support. Thus inspired, I picked it up a bit so I could reclaim my rightful place in the club pecking order, albeit slower than I had hoped for. There’s a long hill around mile 4 or 5 and then down and flattish to the finish. I enjoyed the views more than I did 2 years ago, because of the pain and knowing the route made that a whole lot more bearable. The 100m sprint to the line on the somewhat slippery, muddy cricket field materialise either; I didn’t want to add insult to injury.
And here are some pictures from the night. The handicap …
Richard Hamer and Toni are now joint leaders on 96 points, Dominic and Charlotte on 95, Nicola 94, Sean 92, Andy Webster 90 it’s getting interesting now with halfway through the year. See the full handicap table here
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